Croom doesn’t seem to just limit himself to ‘music’. It seems that, when he gets his gear going, you find yourself enveloped in soundscapes that evoke emotion as much as they stimulate the ear. Croom has been putting in hard work for his upcoming release Belladonna, and part of that work has included collaboration with vocalist Amakiya, a veteran of several successful Austin-based projects. Human Too, the lead single off of Belladonna, is a great showcase of the way the pair gels, with Croom building up a luscious platform for Amakiya to exercise beautiful minimalism upon. If this song is any indication of their further collaboration, or the album as a whole, I believe we’ve already got a strong contender for a spot on the 2019 lists on deck.
Reality rap is the closest thing to a documentary in the world of music, in my opinion, and Austin is a city that thrives on that aesthetic. Recently, Austin-based MC $.dot and producer Eric Dingus joined forces for the T$O (Trill $hit Only) project, and their whole vibe is all about the realness. In their video for lead single Only The Trill, $.dot talks about the pedigree of people he has in his corner and has aligned himself with, all over a Mobb Deep-esque beat by Eric Dingus. The video looks like a million bucks thanks to the expertise of Super Thing Productions, with smooth tracking shots and artistically framed setups meant to further the written messages. This one is definitely worth your time, so definitely check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around.
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While music is inherently a group-based discipline, there’s something to be said for those who strive to maximize minimalism. Austin-based solo multi-instrumentalist Sanitizer seems to be one of those artists that thrives in minimalism, and his latest release, the lush lo-fi delight that is #1 Dad, is a display of his multi-instrumental prowess and songwriting variety. His muted vocals and textured compositions pull you in, and I definitely look forward to multiple listens that will (hopefully) unveil lyrical gems and musical moments of unique expression. I was not familiar with Sanitizer prior to my Bandcamp deep dig, but I am definitely happy that I stumbled across this one. Give it a listen and a share, and keep supporting your local creatives!
When the universe speaks, we’ve gotta learn to listen, as you never know what you might end up missing. While searching Bandcamp for something new to post about, I came across Austin-based artist Freeze Frame, and I set his album aside to listen to later. Later that day, OVRLD put out a call for albums and videos released in 2018 so that they can make sure they’re covering all of their bases, and first in the comments section was a music video by Freeze Frame for Who’s the Man?, released less than a week prior. That was all I needed to take the dive, and I was certainly impressed. Freeze Frame manages to capture his aesthetic (his two listed influences are Phillip K. Dick and Slick Rick) perfectly in the video, in my opinion. Definitely check this one out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around.
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Austin-based post-punk outfit Pleasure Venom continues to blaze a trail towards big things with the release of their recent self-titled project. Their sound has always been immediate, in-your-face and powerful, and Pleasure Venom captures every bit of that energy and then some. The music is mixed powerfully, lead singer Audrey Campbell‘s performances are on the money, and the cover art by Dawn Okoro is powerful in its simplicity and stark nature, as if to add an air of respect and honor to the music that cannot be ignored and must be acknowledged. If this project doesn’t shake some cages and put them on the map then I don’t know what will, as they’ve been making all the right moves as of recently. Definitely check this one out, share it around and support the band via a purchase if you can, because every little bit of exposure and compensation made helps.
It’s no secret that LNS Crew is a forced to be reckoned with. From day one, every member was bringing skill to the table, but over the last four years or so, every member’s maturation and journey through life has resulted in significant personal and musical growth. As the member that has kept his roots firm in Austin, Tank Washington seems to personally attempting to put the city on his back and further the steps towards putting Austin on the map as a hotbed of consistent creativity. 183 has the production and performance chops to stand up to anything making noise in the pop realm right now, with Tank proving he can rock most any style beat with confidence and captivating storytelling. The only thing keeping Care Free from being my summer jam is the fact that this album is coming out on Thanksgiving eve. You can find this one on all of the streaming services and download sites, so if you aren’t listening to and supporting this one, that’s on you.
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Tagged 183, austin, chief, hip hop, LNS, lns crew, tank washington, the doomsday device
The way that some experience the world is so unique that those confined to the standard experience may never fully comprehend the difference. It seems that Austin-based producer more eaze, for example, is one of those kind of people that hears music outside of the realm of instruments. Be it the sounds of nature, the sounds of machinery, the sounds of humans inhabiting space, or in the case of #1 Fan, the sound of multiple portable fans arranged into a composition, more eaze is able to arrange his experience into recordings that can open up our minds to new ways of perceiving our surroundings. This particular recording, due to its avant-garde nature, ended up being shelved for six years before more eaze finally decided to give it a run in the public sphere. If you’re in to ASMR or the experimental, this one is oddly soothing, even when the machinery gets dissonant at times.
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